04/19/14 6:59am


A reader sends the photo above around 6:15am:

“Happening right now at the house on the northwest corner of 3rd and Varnum. I woke up to screams and within minutes had this view from my porch. There’s 4-5 fire trucks, several ambulances and a “mobile air unit.” Smoke is pouring out of the house and I could hear the firemen smashing windows.

Feeling incredibly helpless…. Please send good thoughts to our corner of Petworth.”

@IAFF36 tweets:

“House Fire – 3rd St & Varnum St NW – 2-story rowhouse, fire showing all floors, extending to exposures #DCFD”

“Update – 3rd St & Varnum St NW – FFs extinguishing fire in basement, 1st & 2nd fl, making good progress, searches in progress #DCFD”

“Update – 3rd St & Varnum St NW – all fire knocked down, checking for extension; residents self-evacuated, EMS evaluating #DCFD”

03/04/14 1:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

I received a flyer in my mailbox informing us that the District government is proposing to erect a temporary fire station at 10th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue, NW (adjacent to the Shaw Rec Center basketball courts and next to Old City Guild). The engines and ambulances from the station on 13th St NW (between K and L Streets) will be temporarily relocated to this location while the existing fire station undergoes renovations. The emergency vehicles will be required to use their lights and sirens when exiting the temporary 2,730 foot structure and will be on call 24-hours-per-day. The temporary fire station is expected to be in operation for 14 months (from July 2014-September 2015).

This area of Shaw/Logan is primarily residential and quiet, and the sirens will be extremely disruptive both to nearby residents and students at Seaton Elementary directly across the street. If any of your readers have any opinions either way, they should send an email to ANC Commissioner Alexander Padro (padroANC@gmail.com). The relocation will be discussed at tonight’s ANC 6E public meeting, 6:30 pm at the Northwest One Library (155 L Street NW, at NJ Avenue) and he will voice any concerns at that time.”